Fans Made Their Own Metroid 64, And It Looks Amazing

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the metroid The series ignored the Nintendo 64 in the 90s. The “lost game” Metroid 64 was never in development, with Super Metroid director Yoshio Sakamoto stating that he “couldn’t imagine” how Samus would move around in a 3D environment with the N64 controller. We only got to see and play as Samus in the very first Super Smash Bros. on console, and that doesn’t seem right!

Although offering the opportunity to an outside studio, he could not come up with an idea for the 64-bit console. Alas, we had to wait until 2002, when we would have two Metroid games a day apart – Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion.

Fans have long speculated what a Nintendo 64 iteration of Metroid might have looked like, but two fans have gone further and actually created what they would have liked to see with Samus at the time.

twitter user Luto Akino shared footage of his vision for Metroid 64, which was created using Unity 3D. Using a third-person perspective, you can see Samus running around a purple cave area, shooting small blocks with her arm cannon.

Rather than going the Prime route and tackling the FPS genre, this version of Metroid 64 feels more like a 3D action platformer, with Samus hopping across a series of small platforms. When she’s at the top of the cave, she also rolls around in her morph ball form! It’s probably what most people thought 3D Metroid would be like before Prime existed, and, honestly, it looks fantastic.

Luto says there’s a bug with the hand cannon, where the beams don’t fire in the right direction when Samus is against a wall, and there are no visible enemies yet, but this early information seems promising.

Luto has clearly been working on this for quite some time now, and the developer is sharing updates on his social media. Some early footage from last December shows Samus’ movements much closer.

Luto is working with a friend to bring this vision to life and plans to take it public. It’s probably still a long way off, but if this is just a snippet of what’s to come, we can’t wait to see more.

Let us know what you think of this Metroid 64 Fan Mockup below!

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